Connections, the global networking platform for senior decision makers, has announced the appointment of Gemma Fitchett to PR and marketing manager, effective January 2019.
The creation of this new position within the Connections team marks an exciting phase for the company, which has witnessed significant growth as a result of successfully launching an event series for one new industry sector per year since inception.
Gemma, who brings a wealth of experience from her former role at the award-winning division of Quintessentially, will also be responsible for managing a number of new Connections initiatives, which will be rolled out over the course of 2019 and beyond.
Fitchett commented: “Since launching in 2014, Micaela Giacobbe and her specialist team have reinvented the world of networking on a truly personalised level. I’m thrilled to be joining Connections at such an exciting time of growth.
“2019 is going to be a significant year for the company and I’m looking forward to driving the brand forward and developing new opportunities for our community of leaders.”
Ellis wins at Butlins
Butlin’s Conference & Events has announced the appointment of Amanda Ellis as national sales manager, to further bolster the growing C&E team and drive business growth.
Ellis previously held the position of national account manager at the Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland. She joins Butlin’s with more than 15 years’ experience in the MICE industry.
As national sales manager, Amanda will be responsible for building relationships with agents, working with Butlin’s conference sales, marketing and operational teams, developing strategy, and ultimately bringing in new business to the team.
Ellis commented: “I have been wowed by what we can offer at each of our three resorts for corporate events, and by the existing team who have a huge amount of passion and who are so warm and welcoming.
“From the large-scale events to the intimate gala dinners, Butlin’s is a serious contender in the corporate events market and I’m so excited to be a part of this iconic brand, providing inspirational conferences and events.”
Visitor attractions company Continuum Attractions has appointed Craig Hatto to the new role of director of design & creative experience.
Continuum Attractions develop and commercially operate attractions and experiences. The group portfolio is conceived, created and operated within the UK, and is wholly owned or developed together through relevant partnerships.
Hatto’s national role will drive design and creativity across all elements of the business, and ensure the company is at the cutting edge of developments.
Hatto commented: “It’s a privilege to work with such a farsighted organisation, and a company that is open to new ideas to challenge perceptions of what visitors with diverse interests want from a day out.
“At our heart, the daily visitors’ experience remains core, but options for alternative opportunities to maximise their time on site and add value to their visit is key.”
In good health
Ashfield Meetings & Events – the global event management company specialising in healthcare – has appointed a new marketing communications manager, Fiona Geeson (left), and repositioned Janina Monaghan (right) to head of organisational development.
Joining Ashfield (part of UDG Healthcare plc) from a Nottingham-based full-service creative agency, Fiona Geeson’s marketing communications career spans over 20 years working within a wide variety of industry sectors, both agency side and in-house.
Managing a marketing team based in both the UK and the US, her role will be to promote Ashfield Meetings & Events’ global full-service capabilities within the healthcare sector, and highlight sister brand SPARK THINKING’s unique and creative approach to delivering events to other industries.
Geeson said: “Ashfield Meetings & Events already has a fantastic reputation thanks to its outstanding delivery and long-term success. It’s my role to capitalise on this solid foundation, ensure brand and messaging consistency for both Ashfield and SPARK across our chosen platforms, and be certain our target audiences are clear and confident in our abilities to deliver meetings and events with certainty and impact.”
Creative event management company Smart Live today announced the appointment of Jennifer O’Higgins to the newly created role of business development director.
Jennifer joins Smart Live from Chelsea Football Club where she spent five years, most recently as senior business development manager.
Commenting on the appointment, managing director of Smart Live Phoebe Cherry said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jennifer to the Smart Live team. She joins us at a very exciting time as we embark upon ambitious growth plans. I’m looking forward to working closely together as we put her expertise and connections to use and ensure we’re in the best possible position for 2019 and beyond.”
O’Higgins commented: “I’m very excited to join the team at Smart Live. They have an excellent reputation for delivering first class events and I’ve long held them in high esteem. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to work with a truly creative and innovative team as we deliver against the wider business strategy and leverage the team’s talent and expertise to extend our proposition into new revenue streams.”